It’s a term every soldier is familiar with, and it means that weapon system has gone through battle, and proven itself to be reliable.
Weapons can be tested on the firing range, or in mock battles, but no soldier would want to go into battle with a weapon that had not been proven effective in the storm of live firefight.
Our faith is similar, in that we can have faith, and we can exercise faith, but we’ll never know the true extent of the strength of our faith until it is tested in the storm.
This is why James 1 tells us that we should count it joy when a storm confronts us:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
See, while a storm may reveal our weakness, it will also reveal Christ’s strength in us. The Apostle Paul understood this well…
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In other words, the bigger the problem, the more we will see the “power of Christ” resting on us!
And the more we see His power, the more assurance we will have that no matter what storm we may face, we will be “more than conquerors in Him who loved us.”
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:35-39
Our faith will have been battle tested.
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